Re: Unilang: the Morphology
|From:||Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>|
|Date:||Friday, April 20, 2001, 18:25|
Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...> writes:
> ...you must.
> e.g. know what belongs to different subordinate clauses & what to the main
Hmm, in my current conlang this is not always clear (but often). It
can be inferred from context in most cases.
jo tax su Na-li hjung.
I watch REF Mary strong.
jo tax [su Na-li hjung].
`I watch Mary, who is strong.'
[jo tax su Na-li] hjung.
`Mary, whom I watch, is strong.'
Basically, this is a difference in focus. However, you *can* make it
clear in my language.
Should I rethink the design? :-)
Oh yeah, and from my point of view, the following categories should
not be grammaticalized in auxlangs:
- case: use word order, it's easier
-> English (almost)
- number: can be inferred or optionally marked
- definedness: can be inferred or optionally marked
-> Russian, Chinese, Japanese, etc.
- tense, mood, aspect: can be inferred or optionally marked
Ok, maybe interrogative mood is a good thing to have.
I threw out all of these from my current conlang, although it's not
meant to be an auxlang, but a simplistic test.